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Guess Who’s the Third Most Popular Movie Star in America Today?
bighollywood.breitbart.com ^ | March 18, 2009 | John Nolte

Posted on 03/18/2009 6:36:29 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

No, it’s not any of those celebrities we’re told are stars. DiCaprio and George Clooney didn’t even make the top 10. Neither did Ashton Kutcher, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Seth Rogen, Matt Damon, Will Farrell, or Tom Cruise.

Every year for about 15 years now, Harris Interactive has conducted a nationwide poll and asked a very simple question: “Who is your favorite movie star?” And every year since the taking of the poll one particular individual has placed in the top ten — 13 of those years in the top 3.

This year, 2,388 U.S. adults were surveyed and this star rose three places to tie Will Smith for third. Only Denzel Washington and Clint Eastwood rank as more popular.

One last hint before the reveal: This star is the only actor in the history of the poll to rank posthumously:

Here’s the 2009 rundown:

Denzel Washington

Clint Eastwood

John Wayne

Will Smith

Harrison Ford

Julia Roberts

Tom Hanks

Johnny Depp

Angelina Jolie

Morgan Freeman

In 2007, Time Magazine’s Richard Corliss (a film writer I respect) got it kinda wrong when Wayne ranked #3 back in 2007:

Nothing radical there, except that Pitt, Jolie and, oh, Tom Cruise were among the missing. …

Forget the youthquake. What America really loves is… old. Whatever Wayne represents - the Old Testament God, a Mount Rushmore face with a permanent scowl, the craggy soul of Frontier or Sunbelt America[.] …

Will Hollywood take any lessons from this poll - say, to make movies with, and for, older people. Nah. The moguls have read the small print in the Harris poll, and noted that it was weighted for many variables, but not to mirror the average age of moviegoers.

(Excerpt) Read more at bighollywood.breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: hollywood; johnwayne; topten
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1 posted on 03/18/2009 6:36:29 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Soon he will be back to number one where he belongs.


2 posted on 03/18/2009 6:40:07 PM PDT by reg45 (Be calm everyone. The idiot child is in charge!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

As I remember, john wayne was number one consistently until about 1995(approx) when he was bumped to number 2 by mel gibson.

I kinda assumed it would be mel in second place today, and the duke in third, and someone else number one...like maybe one of those effeminate queers that are so popular nowdays...ben stiller, owen wilson, etc.

I was pleasantly surprised.


3 posted on 03/18/2009 6:43:06 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Free ThinkerNY

You may enjoy this:

http://sagebrushpatriot.com/america.htm


4 posted on 03/18/2009 6:43:19 PM PDT by jdfromny (At what point are we officially "North Americans"?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Gene Kelly was the best. What a body! Yowza.


5 posted on 03/18/2009 6:43:30 PM PDT by synbad600
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To: Free ThinkerNY

John Wayne: American.


6 posted on 03/18/2009 6:43:46 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’m down with Denzel, The Duke and Morgan Freeman.


7 posted on 03/18/2009 6:44:22 PM PDT by VR-21
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To: reg45

I’ll go with Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman for greatest living


8 posted on 03/18/2009 6:44:31 PM PDT by hugorand
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Who’s on first.


9 posted on 03/18/2009 6:44:37 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Free ThinkerNY
: Here’s the 2009 rundown:
Denzel Washington
Clint Eastwood
John Wayne

Well, that takes all the fun out of the thread.

Cool pic, though.

10 posted on 03/18/2009 6:45:18 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: synbad600

Gene kelly? Gosh, burt lancaster has him beat, I think.


11 posted on 03/18/2009 6:45:58 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: jdfromny

Thank you jdfrimny.


12 posted on 03/18/2009 6:48:02 PM PDT by unkus
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To: mamelukesabre

John Wayne was an actor who truly loved America. Besides he was a damn good actor. And while Ronald Reagan wasnt a particularly great actor, he too loved America and showed that love as president.


13 posted on 03/18/2009 6:48:40 PM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I will never understand the popularity with Julie Roberts. Granted she has been miscast many times, but even then I didn’t care for her performances.


14 posted on 03/18/2009 6:48:58 PM PDT by neb52
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To: Ev Reeman

I love Clint too!


15 posted on 03/18/2009 6:49:24 PM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Any idea how to go about getting that pic on a t-shirt?

America, Pilgrim. Love it or leave it.

16 posted on 03/18/2009 6:49:35 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; monkapotamus; All

Sweetttt


17 posted on 03/18/2009 6:51:02 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Glad Denzel is on top, I don’t know his politics, but I’ve heard interviews where he says he will only do movies with ‘positive values’, even if he is a villain, he has to either have consequences to his actions or turn to the good. Not to mention he is a brilliant actor.


18 posted on 03/18/2009 6:51:09 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: jdfromny

Wow! That was great! Terrific video presentation. Thanks so much for that.


19 posted on 03/18/2009 6:51:22 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY ((((Truth to a Liberal, is like a crucifix to a vampire))))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I just watched The Horse Soldiers the other night. It was a bit corny at times, but still one of the most enjoyable movies I've seen for a while.

20 posted on 03/18/2009 6:52:05 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( Dear Mr. Obama - Please make it rain candy! P.S. I like jelly beans.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
At my age there are simply too many great actors to choose from. Clint, Morgan ... and Al Pacino ... and Johnny Depp ... and Leonardo DiCaprio ... and Val Kilmer ... Bruce Willis ... Robert De Niro ... and yes, Jimmy Stewart and Tom Hanks. And on TV there is Nathon Fillion ...
21 posted on 03/18/2009 6:53:00 PM PDT by LiberConservative (0bama: Kenyan slang for "FAIL")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Too many of the new ones are Bawney Fwanks.


22 posted on 03/18/2009 6:53:28 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Nothing radical there, except that Pitt, Jolie and, oh, Tom Cruise were among the missing. …

Jolie was there..number 9.

23 posted on 03/18/2009 6:53:31 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What, no Ron Jeremy?


24 posted on 03/18/2009 6:53:56 PM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Hope and Change. Rhetoric embraced by the Insane - Obama, The Chump in Charge)
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To: Hildy

As always, the most observant poster. :->


25 posted on 03/18/2009 6:54:53 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Texas Eagle

26 posted on 03/18/2009 6:54:54 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL; Ron Jeremy

Don’t forget the courtesy ping to a fellow freeper..


27 posted on 03/18/2009 6:55:28 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Well what do you know about that pilgrim!
28 posted on 03/18/2009 6:56:05 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit)
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To: mnehring

haha, come on..the real hedgehog is NOT a member of FREE REPUBLIC!


29 posted on 03/18/2009 6:56:52 PM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Hope and Change. Rhetoric embraced by the Insane - Obama, The Chump in Charge)
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To: mad_as_he$$
Pissed Jack Elam never makes list.


30 posted on 03/18/2009 6:57:01 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Ev Reeman
John Wayne was born in Winterset, IA. Each year in Oct, they hold the Covered Bridge Festival. There is an artist that has pictures he's painted of John Wayne and Ronald Reagan, who also spent much time in Iowa.

Seeing the painting of both men was very memorable.

31 posted on 03/18/2009 6:57:26 PM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma (When the righteous rule, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule the people mourn. Proverbs 29;2)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

'She Wore A Yellow Ribbon' is a favorite at our house.

32 posted on 03/18/2009 6:58:04 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Okay, flame away but here goes: he’ll never be on any top 10 popular lists, but I think Kevin Spacey is one of the best actors around, and that goes back to his TV appearances in the show Wiseguy, starring Ken Wahl.


33 posted on 03/18/2009 6:58:11 PM PDT by LeavingNewYork
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To: mnehring

Was John Wayne faithful? I only ask because many on the list have been known to be unfaithful. Clint, Denzel, Morgan all will hit most anything female that’s moving. Johhny I think is faithful. We all know Angelina is a ho who collects penises (or has) like she collects kids. Not sure about Horse face roberts.


34 posted on 03/18/2009 6:59:04 PM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Hope and Change. Rhetoric embraced by the Insane - Obama, The Chump in Charge)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL

I have absolutely no idea, just thinking of roles.. although I’ve never heard of Denzel being a player, he is a family man..
Jack Elam, now that was a player... Marilyn, Sophia, Grace.. he scared them all.


35 posted on 03/18/2009 7:00:59 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

From what I have heard my friend, Denzel can’t keep it in his pants.


36 posted on 03/18/2009 7:02:03 PM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Hope and Change. Rhetoric embraced by the Insane - Obama, The Chump in Charge)
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To: mnehring

I’m with you that. I really liekd that guy. “Once Upon a Time in the West” to “Support You Local Gunfighter”. Guy started acting in 1944 and finished on Bonanza the Return in I think 1995.


37 posted on 03/18/2009 7:02:31 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit)
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To: mad_as_he$$

I always bring him up because he is somehow related (grandmother’s stepbrother or something like that..) Most folks go ‘who?’


38 posted on 03/18/2009 7:04:21 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

Jack Elam was one of the best.


39 posted on 03/18/2009 7:05:39 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Hildy
Nothing radical there, except that Pitt, Jolie and, oh, Tom Cruise were among the missing.

Jolie was there..number 9.

Not in 2007. (The line about her being "among the missing" is from an article based on the 2007 poll.)

40 posted on 03/18/2009 7:07:41 PM PDT by MozartLover (Proud mom of a deployed Wisconsin National Guardsman.)
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To: LiberConservative

Always liked Stewart, great actor, and he was a WWII bomber pilot, and made General in the AF. Not bad at all.


41 posted on 03/18/2009 7:11:09 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: unkus

Elam one of the best western villains ever!


42 posted on 03/18/2009 7:11:20 PM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: neb52

Here’s when I stopped seeing Julia Roberts films, the day she said “you will find the word republican in the dictionary, right between the words reptile and repugnant.” Can’t stand the sight of her now.


43 posted on 03/18/2009 7:11:32 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty (Democrats are bastard coated bastards with bastard filling.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Clint Eastwood. 78 and still has it! Get off my lawn, grrrrr.


44 posted on 03/18/2009 7:13:13 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty (Democrats are bastard coated bastards with bastard filling.)
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To: JoeProBono

Clint! Be still my heart. Dang.


45 posted on 03/18/2009 7:15:38 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty (Democrats are bastard coated bastards with bastard filling.)
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To: TheConservativeParty

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2209553/posts


46 posted on 03/18/2009 7:18:54 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: mnehring
I recall Jack Elam humorously discussing the phases of an actor's career to George Plimpton as the latter was doing one of his walk-on deals during the filming of (I believe) "Rio Lobo." He seemed like quite the character (and character actor).

Mr. niteowl77

47 posted on 03/18/2009 7:20:36 PM PDT by niteowl77 (You wanted him, and now you have got him. I say, "Good day to you," America.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I have a special place in my heart for Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. Especially Walter though. I have to see “Grumpy Old Men” and “Grumpier...” every year. I love the insults they hurl at eachother in those movies. Throwing dead fish in one another’s old cars, etc. Walter was so very expressive. The 2 of them were in the original “Odd Couple” right?


48 posted on 03/18/2009 7:24:28 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty (Democrats are bastard coated bastards with bastard filling.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

On St. Patricks Day, TMC showed “A Quiet Man”, and Irish movie starring John Wayne and Maureen O’hara. I have never seen it in its entirety before. Very fitting for St. Patricks Day.

John Wayne.....Great actor....and great movie!


49 posted on 03/18/2009 7:25:28 PM PDT by TMA62 (TMA62)
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To: TheConservativeParty

And you can find the word democrat between demented and demons.


50 posted on 03/18/2009 7:26:58 PM PDT by Ev Reeman
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